A new junction of the M8 motorway is now open at Bishopton, near Glasgow, three months ahead of schedule as part of BAE Systems’ ongoing transformation of the former Royal Ordnance Factory site into Dargavel Village – an award-winning housing development.
The multimillion pound Junction 29A connects Bishopton and surrounding areas to Scotland’s busiest motorway, giving residents of Dargavel and Bishopton villages greatly improved transport links to Glasgow and beyond. The junction joins the intersection of Greenock Road (A8) and the M8, providing direct access eastbound towards Glasgow, as well as a direct exit from the motorway westbound.
Steve Fogg, Managing Director, BAE Systems Shared Services said:
“The opening of this new junction is a major milestone in our efforts to deliver Dargavel Village and we’re delighted to be opening it ahead of schedule and in time for the festive season.
“We are continuing to invest significantly in the local infrastructure to support the development of Dargavel Village, and we look forward to see the area grow and develop in the future.”
Construction of the new junction began in January 2017 and has taken less than three years to build. The work was undertaken by UK-based civil engineering company Morgan Sindall Infrastructure on behalf of BAE Systems. More than 50 companies were involved in the design and build, of which 40 per cent were Scotland-based companies.
Simon Smith, Managing Director, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure said:
“We are pleased to have delivered this project early, which is testament to the teamwork from everyone involved. We are committed to improving the infrastructure of the UK for the benefit of all and anticipate this new junction will significantly improve access to surrounding areas.”
Fraser Carlin, Head of Housing and Planning, Renfrewshire Council, said:
"This will be a great addition to the connectivity of Bishopton and the surrounding areas of Renfrewshire as Dargavel Village continues to expand and develop, and we look forward to the new junction opening in advance of the busy festive season."
BAE Systems began redeveloping the former Royal Ordnance Factory site in 2012 which now has over 1,200 homes, a new park-and-ride car park, a village centre with supermarket and a number of green open spaces. Earlier this year, Dargavel Village, received the ‘Excellence in Planning for Homes – Large Schemes’ award at the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence.
When complete in 2034, Dargavel Village will consist of 4,000 new homes, a primary school and community centre, a day nursery, additional park-and-ride facilities at the adjacent railway station, a health centre, retail, amenity and leisure facilities, and Dargavel Country Park – a 1,300 acre open woodland area surrounding the village.
Key facts about Junction 29A
Total area of the area developed for the new junction is over 170,000 square metres; equivalent to 24 football pitches
Onsite drainage ponds can hold over 2,500 cubic metres of water, equivalent to one Olympic size swimming pool
More than 26,000 square metres of tarmac laid; equivalent to over three and a half football pitches
More than five kilometres of drainage pipes and over six kilometres of communications ducts laid
More than 300 trees planted, two miles of hedgerows and 57 species of plants, shrubs and trees used in landscaping, covering 42,000 square metres, equivalent to almost six football pitches